Another Caribbean Stalwart passes: Former Guyana Ambassador to UN, Noel Sinclair dies
Guyana’s former Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Noel Sinclair, has passed away. He was one of Guyana’s finest Diplomats. His career was spent almost entirely within the Diplomatic Service, the exception being a brief stint at Central High School.
Ambassador Sinclair was educated at Central High School and The University of the West Indies and he obtained a BA degree in French and a Diploma in International Relations at the latter. He returned to Guyana after his studies at the UWI. He was fascinated by the newly independent Guyana seeking to find its place in global politics and this endured for his lifetime. He joined the Ministry of External Affairs and became a Third Secretary in the Guyanese Embassy in Caracas, a Second Secretary in Washington from 1969 to 1972, First Secretary in Lusaka, Zambia from 1976 to 1979 and finally Permanent Representative to the UN in 1979. His rise in the Foreign Service was based on his understanding of international Diplomacy, his capacity for hard work and his ability for productive interpersonal relations. His work and achievements ensured that he would ascend to the highest position of the Foreign Service, that of Director General, a position that was re designated from that of Permanent Secretary to bring it in line with the other Foreign Ministries of Latin America. The region elected him the Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Latin American and Caribbean Economic System (SELA) in recognition of his talent as a diplomat. He was well spoken, socially sophisticated and had a calm and reasoned approach, and appreciated music and literature.